Monday, December 7, 2009

Signs of a Psychopath

Signs that Suggest Amanda Knox Is a Psychopath

The narcissism and the nonchalance are both indicators, says The First Post’s psychoanalyst.

Much has been made of the fact that Knox was caught giggling and seen performing a cartwheel during her first visit to the police station following the discovery of her housemate's brutal murder. When she was arrested, her manner was described as cold and detached. During the police investigation, a friend expressed the hope that Kercher had not suffered. Knox exclaimed: "What do you think? They cut her throat... She fucking bled to death!"

A short story, entitled, Baby Brother, written by Knox when she was at the University of Washington in Seattle, also prompted suspicion. In the story, Knox writes about a young woman, drugged and raped by another young woman, and describes the victim's pain in lurid detail.

However, it was Knox's behaviour in court that was most bizarre. At no point - until the verdict - did we see Knox protesting her innocence or fraught with anxiety. Instead she seemed disconcertedly dissociated from the gravity of what was going on. During the initial period of the trial, she appeared relaxed and cheerful, light-heartedly talking to her lawyers and guards while gesticulating, Italian-style, with her hands.

After her behaviour was unfavourably commented on in the press, she became more serious, nevertheless very conscious of the media attention she was receiving. She seemed to play up to it. This was most apparent when Knox appeared in court on St Valentine's day wearing a large T-shirt printed with the Beatles' lyric, 'All you need is love'.

Knox's narcissistic pleasure at catching the eye of the media and her apparent nonchalant attitude during most of the proceedings show the signs of a psychopathic personality. Her behaviour is hauntingly reminiscent of Eichmann's arrogance during the Nuremberg trials and most recently of Karadzic's preening before the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

The psychopath is someone who has no concern or empathy for others, no awareness of right and wrong, and who takes extreme pleasure in having power over others. The psychopath has no moral conscience and therefore does not experience guilt or remorse.

Most psychopaths are highly skilled at fooling those around them that they are normal by imitating the emotions that are expected of them in different circumstances. They are consummate at charming people and convincing them they are in the right. It is only when they reveal a discrepancy in their emotional response that they let slip that something may be wrong with them.

Whether or not Knox, who is appealing her verdict, is ultimately found guilty, her chilling performance remains an indictment against her.

Full article at:,news-comment,news-politics,a-psychoanalyst-on-the-signs-that-amanda-knox-is-a-psychopath


  1. Oooh, she does look very Manson-girlish in that picture!

  2. Yeah! I was looking at photos of AK in court, with her sweet young empty face, and I was thinking, "Who does that remind me of??" and I finally realized it was the Manson girls!

    Everyone in Seattle has tons of sympathy for Amanda Knox, but I think it's weird. I believe she's guilty or at least complicit (which is the same as guilty, as far as I'm concerned). I feel much sorrier for the girl who got murdered.

  3. I thought she was guilty until I saw the 20/20 or Dateline (same difference) last weekend. I think she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Rob